HERSHEY -- It came and went in a flash.

One moment, the scoreless game appeared to be headed to penalty kicks.

The next moment, Oley Valley put the game-winning score in the back of the net with just a tick more than two minutes on the clock in the second overtime.

The shot gave No. 4 seed Oley Valley a 1-0 win over No. 8 Susquehannock in a District 3-AA boys' soccer semifinal Monday night at Hersheypark Stadium.

All 11 Warriors players remained frozen on the field just seconds after the goal, some stunned by what just happened, others thinking Oley Valley should've been whistled for offsides and the score waived off.

"I had no angle to that whatsoever," Susquehannock coach Brett Maxwell said. "To me it looked like it was on(sides)."

The unfortunate part for the Warriors (14-6-2) is the fact they controlled possession for most of the two overtime periods until those final minutes.

"The first half they really took it to us. I felt the second half and both overtimes we had the better play and the better opportunities and I thought we deserved a better outcome," Maxwell said.

Oley Valley (16-3-2) knocked in the score when senior Austin Swoyer crossed a pass from the right side to junior Ben Kerkeslager, who drilled the ball past the outstretched arms of Susquehannock senior goalie Mike Jones (eight saves).

"The ball went to Austin and I thought he was going to shoot it," Kerkeslager said. "It happened to come in behind and I was right there. The keeper was on the other side of the net and I just kicked it in."


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Surprisingly the Warriors weren't fatigued despite going to a double-overtime for the second-straight game. They pulled an upset in the quarterfinal round by beating top-seeded Gettysburg on penalty kicks.

"We didn't want to go to PKs because we knew they just came off a win with PKs," Kerkeslager said. "And we started getting tired. We just knew we had to dig and keep going."

Both teams had multiple shots on goal throughout the tight contest, with Oley Valley holding the edge, 9-5. Warriors' senior forward Nathan Bilbie had two solid shots on goal in the first overtime period but Lynx goalie Ryan Krall was there for two of his five stops on the night.

"I talked to a few different coaches ... Bilbie was definitely one of the players to watch," Oley Valley coach Shawn Meals said. "I'm not gonna lie, the second half, especially the overtime, every time he touched the ball I was definitely concerned."

Back in the district title game for the first time since 1995, Oley Valley will next square off against No. 6 Pequea Valley (17-4-1) on Thursday. Pequea Valley beat No. 2 Manheim Central (15-5-2), 1-0, in the other district semifinal Monday.

The Warriors will face Manheim Central on Thursday at a site and time to be determined, with the winner moving onto the PIAA Class AA state tournament.

-- Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.